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The whereabouts of a 27-year-old prison escapee remained unknown Monday as a weeklong manhunt involving some 6,600 police officers on a small forested island off Shikoku failed to nab the convicted thief.

Police in Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures have been pursuing Tatsuma Hirao on Mukaishima Island in the Seto Inland Sea since he escaped from Matsuyama Prison in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, on April 8.

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